Overcoming Obstacles Handbook – Windsor-Essex edition

Whether it’s physical, financial, professional or pyschological, everybody goes through tough times in their lives. Lifestyle Citizens’ founder Josh Martin was 28 years old when he experienced his biggest challenge yet: an aggressive form of leukemia. Inspired by his journey, the Overcoming Obstacles Handbook is a free collection of real-life stories, practical advice and local resources in the Windsor-Essex community geared at helping people who are facing adversity.

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    The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook

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    Community Resources

    One of the most important lessons Josh learned from his health crisis was the importance of community. Whether it was accessing peer support programs, using the Cancer Society’s shuttle service to get to appointments or tapping into educational materials from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, community resources played a big role in his success.

    Whatever obstacle you face in life — personally, professionally or otherwise — be sure to consider the resources available in your community. Fortunately, the Guelph area boasts all kinds of organizations and programs focused on helping folks overcome a variety of obstacles.

    Below, you’ll find information about some of them. This listing is by no means exhaustive, but it will hopefully give you a flavour of the kinds of resources available in your own backyard.

    Mental health

    The Community Crisis Centre
    24-hour crisis line
    (519) 973-4435
    https://www.hdgh.org/crisis

    Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor-Essex County
    https://windsoressex.cmha.ca/

    Local therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/on/windsor

    Local anxiety therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/anxiety/on/windsor

    Local depression therapists
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/depression/on/windsor

    Local grief counselling
    https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists/grief/on/windsor

    Physical health

    Alzheimer Society – Windsor-Essex
    http://alzheimer.ca/en/windsoressex

    Canadian Cancer Society
    Windsor-Essex Community Office
    http://www.cancer.ca/en/about-us/contact-us/windsor-essex-on/?region=on

    Seniors Resources
    https://www.welcometowindsoressex.ca/en/living-in-windsor-essex/seniors-resources.asp

    Life After Fifty
    (rec centre for older adults)
    http://www.lifeafterfifty.ca/

    Find a Physiotherapist
    (search “Windsor”)
    https://opa.on.ca/physiotherapists/

    Windsor Addiction and Outpatient Services
    https://www.hdgh.org/addictionassessmentoutpatient

    Family & individuals

    Community Support Centre
    http://www.communitysupportcentre.ca/

    Family Services Windsor-Essex
    Counselling & Advocacy Centre
    https://fswe.ca/

    Sexual Assault Crisis Centre
    https://saccwindsor.net/

    Distress Centre
    (Downtown Mission of Windsor)
    https://www.downtownmission.com/distress/

    Windsor-Essex Food Bank
    http://wefba.ca/

    Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission
    https://aburgmission.ca/

    Downtown Mission Food Bank
    https://www.downtownmission.com/

    Immaculate Heart Food Bank
    http://www.ssvpwindsoressex.com/

    Community Food Pantry
    http://www.communitysupportcentre.ca/

    YMCA
    http://ymcawo.ca/windsor-centralpark

    Women’s shelters

    The Welcome Centre Shelter for Women
    http://www.welcomecentreshelter.com/

    Hiatus House
    https://www.hiatushouse.com/services.html

    Our Lady of Guadalupe Home
    https://www.ologhome.com/

    Employment & financial

    Employment & Training Services
    (City of Windsor)
    https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/ETSforsuccess/Pages/default.aspx

    Women’s Enterprise Skills Training (WEST) of Windsor
    https://www.westofwindsor.com/

    WeNav Career Counselling Program
    https://www.workforcewindsoressex.com/wenav/

    Financial Fitness Centre
    (credit counselling services)
    http://www.financialfitnesswindsor.ca/

    Services for New Canadians

    Settlement Services – Windsor-Essex Immigration
    https://www.welcometowindsoressex.ca/en/settling-here/settlement-services.asp
    New Canadians’ Centre of Excellence
    http://www.ncceinc.org/

    Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women
    http://www.wwwwiw.org/

    The Multicultural Council of Windsor & Essex County
    http://themcc.com/

    Want to help others in your community overcome obstacles? Here are some local opportunities to consider:

    WEVolunteer
    (volunteer opportunities in Windsor-Essex)
    https://www.weareunited.com/servlet/eAndar.article/202

    Blood donor clinics
    (search “Windsor” for nearby clinics)
    https://blood.ca

    Habitat for Humanity Windsor Essex
    https://www.habitatwindsor.org/

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex
    https://windsor.bigbrothersbigsisters.ca/

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